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by Nick Marr on Aug 24, 2019
Hiring a contractor for a home renovation project can be a chore, and it could cost thousands of dollars more if you hire the wrong contractor. Problems with the ability to complete the project, a lack of experience or quality workmanship plague many home renovation projects. Window contractors come and go, many times they are unlicensed and inexperienced. They install new windows that won’t last or they have problems after the fact. A window contractor can be the source of misappropriated funds when they engage in your project, but how will you ever know if they are the right window contractor for your project?
A brief guide is here to help make the right choice when sourcing a window contractor and will make your life easier in the process.
The selection process for a window contractor
- In the beginning, a window contractor should have a business license to operate. Many contractors have the license number printed on the side of their trucks as a form of validation. If you don’t see one, ask the window contractor to supply the license number. It can be easily verified, and that is step one in the process.
- Next in line is a service verification, what that means is finding someone who can vouch for work performed by the window contractor. Be careful here, you don’t want to talk to family and or friends, you need independent verification. Did the contractor fulfill on the promises made, did he do great work, were there any problems after the fact that needed to be corrected? These are questions you want to ask a third-party who used the contractor recently, in your community
- Contractors come in two distinct and different forms. There are contractors that quote jobs, only to farm out the work to a subcontractor. Other contractors maintain a crew that they use to service the work they sign. Most times, the window contractor with a crew will be more responsive if problems occur after the fact because they value their business reputation. One more important question for a potential contractor is how long they have been in business. It takes approximately 10,000 hours to learn a trade so find out where the contractor is on the experience scale
- When discussing products and services, a window contractor will offer some type of labour warranty for the work that will be produced on-site. Usually, the warranty runs between five and 10-years, and the products the contractor will install will come with a warranty too. If you are having a discussion that doesn’t mention warranties, the contractor before you might not be the one for the job.
- The last item up for investigation and or examination is a written estimate. You need it to govern the costs of the work and the materials that are involved in your renovation project. The old saying is never more appropriate: get it in writing, before you write the cheque.
- Major renovation projects around your home need the services of a qualified contractor to do the work right. A window contractor is no different, sure everybody says they can install windows, but what evidence do they have to back it up?
Make the right choice and search out a contractor who can satisfy the conditions mentioned here and you will be forever happy with the windows that will be installed in your home.
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